Thursday 3 September, 7–8pm

Tidelines launched new Andrew O’Hagan novel, Mayflies

In association with the University of Glasgow Creative Writing Programme, we celebrated the publication date of Mayflies, the new novel by our Tidelines Patron, Andrew O’Hagan.

If you missed the live conversation between Andrew O’Hagan and fellow Ayrshire-born writer, Zoë Strachan, you can watch on our YouTube channel right now. With personal insight into the novel’s Ayrshire setting, this is a unique conversation between the two authors as they discuss the inspiration for Mayflies and the experience of growing up in an Ayrshire town.


Tidelines Book Festival 2020

Thursday 24 September from 7pm

Liz Lochhead: We’re delighted to welcome one of Scotland’s finest creative minds. A poet, playwright, and our Makar from 2011 to 2016, Liz will pay tribute to another Scots poet of international renown, Edwin Morgan, as part of the centenary celebrations marking Edwin’s birth.

Tapsalteerie Poets: Tapsalteerie Poets Sheila Templeton, Maggie Rabatski and A.C. Clarke will share poems in English, Gaelic and Scots from their recent anthology, Drochaid. Ross Wilson, shortlisted for the 2019 Saltire Poetry Book of the Year, will share poems from Letters to Rosie, a celebratory record of the first two years of his daughter’s life.

Friday 25 September from 7pm

Sara Sheridan: One of our guests is best-selling author of both fiction and non-fiction, Sara Sheridan. Her latest book asks ‘Where Are The Women?’, a timely exploration of public statues in Scotland.

Dane Love: Carrying on the history theme is Ayrshire-born author, Dane Love. Author of over 30 books with a Scottish flavour and a strong focus on local Ayrshire history, Dane’s events are always sold out at Tidelines.

Saturday 26 September from 7pm

Kirsty Wark: One of the nation’s best known and most popular presenters and now a bestselling author, Kirsty’s events consistently attract sell-out crowds. Her most recent book, ‘The House by the Loch’, is a dramatic, moving novel inspired in part by Kirsty’s Ayrshire childhood memories. Kirsty will be in conversation with broadcaster and Tidelines favourite Theresa Talbot.

Sunday 27 September from 7pm

Crime Panel: You’ll be delighted to know that we’ll be surfing a crime wave as part of our digital festival! We’re delighted to welcome not one, not two, not three, but FOUR best-selling crime and thriller authors onboard – Johana GustawssonCaro RamsayMason Cross (writing as Alex Knight) and Douglas Skelton, shooting the breeze over all things crime related and reading from their latest books.


Love the free 2020 programme and want to support us?

Our 2020 digital progamme is nearly ready to run from 24 – 27 September, and we can’t wait to show you what we were up to during lockdown, preparing to launch the 8th Tidelines Book Festival.

Despite being a small festival, Tidelines has become a firm fixture in Scotland’s book festival calendar, thanks in no small part to the support of our fantastic audiences. The warmth of the welcome for our visiting authors, the friendly atmosphere of the events, the interesting chat at the signing table, these are the things that make us proud to be Tidelines.

This year has been a little different for everyone and sadly we’re not able to gather together in the Harbour Arts Centre for the festival weekend this September. Instead we’re putting the finishing touches to a unique series of free virtual events on our YouTube channel that we hope will bring a little bit of Tidelines magic directly into your home.  

We hope you enjoy our virtual festival and if you’re able to donate something, however small, to help us meet the costs of running this year’s festival, as well as setting us up for success for future festivals, then you are forever a part of Tidelines and we are forever grateful. 

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